“It’s never easy telling a footballer he can’t play”

Lincoln United sports therapist, Luke Treadwell says that telling an injured player he is not fit to play is not easy.

Twenty-three-year-old Treadwell adds that most players accept the decisions and take most of what he says on board.

The former Sir Robert Pattinson student is in his third season with the Whites after spells at Nettleham Ladies FC and Harrowby United.

This year he graduated from the University of Lincoln with a Bsc in Sport and Exercise Science.

Treadwell said: “ My job role at United is all sports therapy based.

In my eyes I try to always act with the best interests of the player at the heart of all decisions.

I am there to look after and guide injured players through their injury.

The role is quite varied as it ranges from providing the pitchside first aid on match days and training nights to structuring rehab sessions to ensure the player returns to sport in as best position as possible.

I’d hope that none of the lads would say being injured is easy!

I think everybody at the club would agree the biggest challenge in semi-pro football is balancing full-time work with part-time football.

It requires a lot of commitment in both time and energy but ultimately is worth it in end.

A normal match day for me if it’s a home game would be to get to the ground for around midday.

I’ll start getting things set up for the game, such as putting all the trauma equipment in the dug out and getting all the tapes out ready for when the players start arriving at 1.30pm.

If I’ve got players in for fitness tests that’ll generally happen between 12.30-1pm.

Players that require treatment of any sort before the game will arrive around 1pm and I’ll be flat out then until around 2pm when the players will then head out for the warm up.

The game kicks off at 3pm and hopefully I’ll just get to sit on the bench for the whole game, but if I’m needed I’m always prepared.

It’s been particularly busy recently although we seem to hopefully just be coming out the other end of very busy period for us on the injury front.

I’ve never known anything like it.

It has meant a few late nights down at Ashby Avenue.

I think at one point I had eight players on the injury board. including four central defenders.

Treadwell has recently completed courses in First Aid and Sports Trauma Management.

He works full time as a personal trainer and sports therapist at Good Condition Fitness and Remedial Centre which enables him to focus on his work at the Sun Hat Villas.

He said: ”The group of players we’ve got are actually really good to work with.

It’s never easy when you have to tell a player they can’t play for whatever reason but on the whole they tend to except the decisions and take most of what I say on board.

There are some players that are harder to work with than others but that’s part of the fun I suppose. 

Lincoln United is a great club from top to bottom with good people all over the club. The players, management, volunteers and Board are a pleasure to work with.”

The Whites returned to winning ways last weekend with a 2-0 win at Loughborough Dynamo which lifted them up to thirteenth place in the Evo-Stik South League.

This Saturday they travel to high-flying Alvechurch who sit third in the table.

Peter Hayward

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